More than 88,000 West Virginia youths participate in WVU Extension’s statewide 4-H program, a fun, free program that builds leadership skills, strengthens communities and emphasizes learning by doing. New members can join during National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13.
4-H is a youth development program open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 21. In many areas, children as young as 5 are able to join a pre-4-H program called Cloverbuds. At the other end of the spectrum, there are active collegiate 4-H clubs at seven West Virginia colleges and universities.
“People say there’s strength in numbers,” said Debbie McDonald, state program leader for 4-H Youth Development for the West Virginia University Extension Service. “Young people are our next generation of leaders and we’re already seeing positive impacts on their communities when they work towards a common goal.”
The program focuses on Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The overall goals are to develop life and leadership skills; building self-esteem and character; fostering citizenship and service and teaching healthy habits.
Across West Virginia, young people involved in 4-H are making a lasting impact. West Virginia 4-Hers are building robots, helping the environment, exploring math and science, traveling to new places, getting healthy and becoming leaders in their communities and beyond.
For information about 4-H opportunities in your community, contact your local county office of
the WVU Extension Service, or visit www.ext.wvu.edu.